ALLEGHENY CO., Pa. — Neighbors in Bellevue are split on police officers’ decision to chase a car after the pursuit ended in a deadly crash on Monday.
Balloons and Teddy bears now sit atop the crumpled stone wall at the intersection of Florence and Shade avenues where 19-year-old Tyrone Jackson was killed as a passenger in the vehicle that lost control and crashed Monday evening.
Officials said Jackson died from the impact, which neighbors along Shade Avenue said was incredibly violent. Days later, there are still car parts, broken glass and destroyed concrete at the scene.
At the time of the deadly crash, neighbors told Channel 11 they didn’t know the driver crashed during a police chase. They thought it was just a really close call in such a populated neighborhood.
According to Allegheny County Police -- who are leading the investigation -- Avalon police attempted a traffic stop at the intersection of California Avenue and Homes Street around 4:50 p.m. Monday. The car initially pulled over but then sped away, and it crashed a few blocks away.
All three men in the car were taken to the hospital, and Jackson later was pronounced dead. Officers said they found a firearm inside the car.
Some questioned officers’ decision to chase the car into such a populated neighborhood, and authorities haven’t release what charges could be filed in this case or why the vehicle was initially pulled over.
Anyone with information is asked to call Allegheny County’s police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS.
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